States teaming with industry to train workers, the debate over Voter ID, Common Core standards in the states, the benefits of big data and much more are explored in this month's issue.
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Annual U.S. obesity-attributable medical costs are estimated at $147 billion, driving many lawmakers to support proposals that promote healthier food choices.
State policies can help provide people with nutritious food choices, starting at birth. Recent research indicates that incentives to eat well, along with making the healthy choice an easy choice, can encourage a better diet. A variety of policies also can bring a wider array of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, seafood and other local agricultural products to diverse communities and make them affordable. Providing more nutritious food for human consumption may reduce risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, some cancers and high blood pressure. It also may help states prevent health disparities by income, race and ethnicity that derive, in part, from what people eat.
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